Beef Salad with Palm Sugar Dressing
Dressing: Put the vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over a low heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes until syrupy. Tip into a bowl and whisk in the remaining ingredients. Pour half the dressing into a shallow dish large enough to hold the cooked steak in a single layer. Reserve the remaining dressing.
Beef: Rub the steak with a little oil and season generously. Grill on a preheated barbecue or cook in a sauté pan for 2–3 minutes each side then place in the dish with the dressing and leave for at least 10 minutes, turning a couple of times.
To assemble: Shave the carrot into thin strips with a vegetable peeler. Halve the cucumber and scrape out the seeds with a teaspoon. Slice thinly on the diagonal.
Remove the steak from the dressing and slice thinly across the grain. Return the sliced meat to the dish and toss to coat in the dressing.
Put all the salad ingredients and half the shallots in a large bowl and toss with the reserved dressing. Lift the beef out of the dressing and toss with the salad. Divide between serving bowls and scatter with the remaining shallots and extra Vietnamese mint if desired. Serves 4–6